Massive Dust Plume Emanates from China

Massive Dust Plume Emanates from China
  • Credit:

    SeaWiFS image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

Considerable quantities of dust are visible in this true-color Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) image of eastern Asia, acquired on Feb. 12, 2002. This view—looking obliquely towards the west—shows a large, brownish dust cloud crossing the Yellow Sea and passing south of the Korean Peninsula on its way to southern Japan.

The air looks much clearer over snow-covered Russia and northern China (visible on the right in the full-resolution image).

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  • Data Date:

    February 12, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    February 13, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration